>"One colleague told me he finds the North Korean personality cult too absurd to take seriously; indeed, he doubts whether even the leadership believes it. But no regime would go to such enormous expense, year in, year out for sixty years, to inculcate into its citizens a worldview to which it did not itself subscribe. (The only institution in the country that did not miss a beat during the famine of the mid-1990s was the propaganda apparatus.”
There was another book on North Korea which corroborated this statement with actual numbers; I'm having trouble pulling it up at the moment.
That seems like an odd and unsubstantiated assertion.